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|Year and Month||April, 2010|
|Number of Days||One day trip|
|Transport||Public Transport & Three-wheeler’s|
|Weather||Sunny day but thunder showers at dusk|
|Route||Warana -> Aththanagalla -> Alawala -> Aththanagalla-> Hakgala-> Algama->Aththanagalla-> Urapola-> Bopagama Junction->Bopagama->Naduwatta->Kiridiwela->Hanwella-> Home|
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This time I was wondering about Gampaha district in search of two waterfalls said to exist by the LCWF web site! So decided to go to Alwala Devin Penna Ella which has a historic importance to reach Alawala one needs to take the first road to the right when traveling towards Pasyala from Aththanagalla, this road is well carpeted and the ride is very enjoyable specially because it runs through many Rubber estates! After reaching Ataudakanada we started inquiring about this waterfall but we were surprised because people said there is no such waterfall called Devin Penna Ella but there is an area at Ataudakanda called Devin Penna Ella so as mentioned in the following link (Devi Penna Falls link). we went to the temple and the Buddhist priest said that the Folkore was true but there is no such waterfall in the area and he showed me a rock surface with a streak of water dripping down(Falls in to the Aththanagalu oya) where the Queen has jumped and suicided. This stream cannot be defined as a waterfall(Look at the image) and the monk said many have come in search of the waterfall because it was documented by LCWF. It’s up to you if you are planning to go in search of this waterfall (I may be wrong). By the way the area near the temple is called Alawala Devin Penna Ella and it’s a famous bathing place!
After that disappointment I came back to Aththanagalla and took a three wheeler and went to Algama(Kegalle district) in search of famous Algama falls. To get to this waterfall you need to travel 4Km from aththanagalla on Pasyala road and take the Algama road (The road condition is very bad), after traveling5-6Km you will reach Algama junction. Just before the junction you will find a road towards your left after traveling about 1.5Km you will find a place to the left saying “Vehicle park of Algama falls”. From here you need to get to the stream and travel upstream & please note there are many visitors especially during the weekends so try and get there as early as possible. There are three waterfalls, so if you are interested travel upstream but please be careful because the rocks are slippery. There is another waterfall close by called Udawaka Falls but im not sure about it!
I returned back to Aththanagalla by a threewheeler and took a Kirindiwwela bus and got off at Bopagama junction(passed Urapola) and from here I took a three wheeler up to the waterfall(the waterfall was near Bopagama temple, so ask for directions from locals). The waterfall was a small 3meter fall which is a nice place for a shower. It reminded me of Makulu ella(Kitulgala). I didn’t travel upstream but the locals said that there are few more cascades upstream too. Since the skies were cloudy I left the waterfall and returned back but unfortunately I got caught to a thunder shower at Hanwella!